Categories & Tags: Labor

Review: How wildcat strikes made public worker unions grow and thrive   |   November 13, 2014
By Robert Ovetz, Labor Notes Joe Burns' latest book examines the little-known wave of wildcat strikes that swept the U.S. (and the world) during the 1960s and '70s,...

 

Nurses across the South join protest actions for Ebola safety   |   November 11, 2014
Registered nurses across the nation and the South will hold strikes, pickets, and other protest actions on Wednesday, Nov. 12 to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in the...

 

Review: Alt-labor or not, it will take rank-and-file power to revive us   |   October 8, 2014
By Eric Dirnbach, Labor Notes Can recent experiments with alternative forms of organizing, such as worker centers and minority strikes, offer a solution to the labor movement'...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fast-food workers strike again   |   September 5, 2014
Number of fast-food workers and their allies arrested in nationwide protests Sept. 4 demanding raises and union organizing rights: 500 Number of cities where the sit-ins took...

 

They don't need a majority to get things done   |   September 1, 2014
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes Workers at the North Carolina Cummins diesel engine plant won wage increases this summer -- even without having a recognized union or majority...

 

Is justice near for New Orleans teachers wrongly fired after Katrina?   |   August 27, 2014
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education saw the disaster as an opportunity to...

 

In North Carolina, fast food and Moral Mondays movements build ties   |   August 18, 2014
By Kerry Taylor, Labor Notes It was the rare meeting of Southern workers that struck a note of optimism. More than 150 gathered August 9 for Solidarity City, a day of strategy...

 

Kellogg Co. workers in Memphis finally back at work, no thanks to Kellogg or CEO John Bryant   |   August 15, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Robert McGowen holds no bitter feelings about the 10 months he stood on the highway outside the Kellogg Co. plant in Memphis protesting the...

 

Minority union at Volkswagen, for now   |   July 28, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes For Volkswagen workers organizing in Tennessee, it's been a roller coaster of a year. In the latest upbeat twist, the United Auto Workers...

 

Labor lessons from Mississippi Freedom Summer   |   July 23, 2014
By Larry Rubin, Labor Notes It's the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer: the 1964 campaign, led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to register large...

 

UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga latest example of creative organizing in the South   |   July 17, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The United Auto Workers' decision last week to move forward with establishing UAW Local 42 for Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn. shows the...

 

Fast food worker hopeful for labor revival   |   July 15, 2014
By Thelma Frasier As International Longshoremen's Association Local 1422 President Kenny Riley told us, organizing the South is important for the good of all workers. The...

 

Hundreds rally for a union election at Mississippi Nissan plant during Freedom Summer gathering   |   July 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   CANTON, Miss. -- The June 27 pro-union rally by an estimated 400 students, activists, ministers and workers in front of the mile-long...

 

FLOC launches ambitious plans in tobacco fields   |   July 3, 2014
By David Flores, Labor Notes My life as a farmworker began when I was nine years old, working alongside my parents harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, cherries, and strawberries. This...

 

SNCC veterans and young activists testify to workers' rights as civil rights at Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference   |   June 30, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Larry Rubin, field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at the height of the Civil Rights...

 

Nissan's Smyrna, Tenn. workers fear retaliation if they report on-the-job injuries, survey shows   |   June 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Back in December 2006, several workers with Nissan's $3.5 billion, 6,500-employee plant in Smyrna, Tenn., traveled to Mississippi to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Unions as a remedy for growing income inequality   |   June 20, 2014
Average CEO compensation in 2013, according to a study released this month: $15.2 million Percent by which CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, increased from 1978 to 2013: 937...

 

For inspiration, look to the history of public worker strikes   |   June 19, 2014
By Joe Burns, Labor South Politicians want to turn the clock back 50 years by restricting the bargaining rights of millions of public workers. Unions would do well to look back,...

 

'Walmart moms' strike rejects retailer's family-friendly claims   |   June 6, 2014
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams Under the banner of "Walmart moms," mothers who work at Walmart launched strikes in 20 cities across the United States on Wednesday to...

 

'Labor priests' reviving social justice teachings -- and action   |   June 2, 2014
By Robert Richter, Labor Notes "Labor priests" were a recognized presence in the labor movement of the 1920s through the 1960s. Father Barry, the Karl Malden character...

 

Chiquita's abandonment of Gulfport for New Orleans latest chapter for a company with a long, sordid history   |   May 16, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South It was on this day (May 15, 2014) 123 years ago that Pope Leo XIII issued his landmark encyclical Rerum Novarum, also known as "The Condition of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Striking for fast-food justice   |   May 15, 2014
Date on which fast-food workers across the United States and around the world are taking part in a one-day strike for higher pay and the right to unionize: 5/15/2014 Number of...

 

VOICES: Why this fast-food worker is going on strike   |   May 15, 2014
By Eddie Foreman My name's Eddie Foreman. I'm 40 years old, and I was born in Lee County, Alabama. I've been living in Opelika, Alabama since I was a child. I'm...

 

UAW takes its case against Nissan in Mississippi to a global court   |   May 2, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The United Auto Workers, frustrated with the weakness of U.S. labor laws, has taken its case against Nissan's anti-union behavior at its Canton, MS...

 

VOICES: Another lying Tennessee politician exposed in the UAW-VW vote in Chattanooga   |   April 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Another lying Tennessee politician has been exposed in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day 712-626 vote rejecting United Auto Workers...